Nic Petan named WHL Player of the Week

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Nic Petan - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward Nic Petan was named the first WHL Player of the Week for the 2012-13 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League is pleased to introduce Denny’s as the sponsor of the WHL Player of the Week Program. The Denny’s WHL Player of the Week highlights the exceptional play from one individual around the League, who made a significant contributed to his team’s overall success.  The Denny’s WHL Player of the Week is announced each Monday throughout the season and will also include a video component this year comprising of highlights of the recognized player from the past week.

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2012-13 WHL Eastern Conference season preview

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Michael St. Croix - Edmonton Oil Kings

Photo: New York Rangers prospect Michael St. Croix will lead the offensive charge for what should be the team to beat in the WHL, the Edmonton Oil Kings (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 It's not easy to repeat as league champions, but the Edmonton Oil Kings appear poised to potentially buck that trend as they return a large portion of their WHL Championship team from last season. They might get a slight push from the Calgary Hitmen and Saskatoon Blades, but those are really the only two teams who can come even remotely close to matching the overall talent the Oil Kings possess.

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Quebec Remparts top first CHL rankings

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Patrick Roy - Quebec Remparts

Photo: NHL Hall of Famer and current Quebec Remparts head coach Patrick Roy leads his charges into the 2012-13 season as the CHL's top-ranked team (courtesy of Leon T. Switzer/ Icon SMI)

 Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the first edition of the BMO CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the 2012-13 season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

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MacKinnon, Domi help lead Canada to gold

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Max Domi - London Knights

Photo: London Knights' forward Max Domi nearly won the Memorial Cup with the Knights back in May, but has now brought home a gold medal from the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Tournament (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 The Canadians won the gold medal at this year's Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament held in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They truly deserved it because they played with passion, pride and will. Even their team motto says "I'm willing“ so there must have been a lot of willingness to obtain that golden piece of metal. And it wouldn't happen if it wasn't for their widespread qualities; Canada just dominated the tournament – in net, in their own zone and in the offensive zone.

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NHL lockout provides opportunity for development leagues

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Mikhail Grigorenko - Quebec Remparts

Photo: Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko might be on the cusp of a NHL career, but he and other young players may find themselves back in the development leagues if the NHL lockout proceeds (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 Lockout. It's on the tip of the tongue of every person involved with hockey right now.

As the Collective Bargaining Agreement's expiration date of September 15th approaches, a work stoppage between the NHL and the NHL Player's Association (the third such interruption over the last 18 years) is seemingly inevitable at this point. Not only will a lockout affect the individual teams and their staff and personnel, as well as the players, but a work stoppage in hockey's top league will have a trickle down effect for many prospects at various levels around the world.

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